Chartwell winter exhibition: Clementine Churchill - Speaking for herself

Lady Clementine Churchill, the focus of Chartwell's upcoming winter exhibition

Visit our new winter exhibition to learn about the extraordinary life of Sir Winston Churchill’s beloved wife Clementine. Many of the items you’ll see have never before been on public display and have been specially chosen to help tell Clementine’s story from her unique perspective.

Uncover the incredible stories of her life, from her difficult upbringing to being thrown into the public eye upon her marriage to Winston at the age of 23. Take a walk through her lifetime of public service and duty that followed her thrust into the limelight.

See never before seen items, from treasured childhood photographs to the portrait by Paul Maze, the last of the Post Impressionists. Clementine’s beautiful ruby engagement ring is not to be missed along with countless other personal mementoes and treasured gifts.

Clementine Churchill in 1940
A photo of Clementine Churchill from our 2017 winter exhibition at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Our exhibition will feature objects from all aspects of her life, spanning nine decades. These extraordinary items include original letters such as the heartfelt one from her to Winston the morning after their engagement. This letter would mark the start of their fifty year long correspondence. 

Star items from the Chartwell collection will also be shown including the robes she wore when she was made a life peer in 1965.

Speaking For Herself will shine a light on the strength, courage and resolve that made her an equal match for our ‘Greatest Briton’. It will show how the history of the world could have been very different were it not for Clementine Churchill.

" What a comfort & pleasure it was to me to meet a girl with so much intellectual quality & such strong reserves of noble sentiment"
- Sir Winston Churchill on meeting Clementine

Opening times

Sat 18 Nov - Sun 18 Feb, 11am-3pm

The house is closed during this period to allow our staff to carry out the winter deep clean and conservation work. Four rooms of the house will be open and decorated for a Churchill family Christmas on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 11am-3pm.

Admission and accessibility

National Trust members receive free entry to all areas of the property.

Non-members will need to pay admission to the gardens & studio to see the exhibition. More details on our prices can be found here.

We regret the exhibition is not accessible by wheelchair.

Assistant dogs only in the exhibition please. Dogs on short leads are welcome in the gardens and wider estate.